Yes, it's summer time, get ready for almost raw i/o, or slightly cooked!
The Annual BBQ
Saturday 13 July. 11am start. 6pm finish?
Same location as past years, John W's place, somewhere in West Surrey! More specific details via email.
I would like to know the expected numbers one week in advance, so mail me (off-list, without [Surrey] in the subject, please). That's slug7of9 followed by an 'at' sign johnwash. co. uk.
Although the location is not good for public transport, we can usually organise lifts from major train stations -- mention this in your mail. Or you can cycle! (Hey, I do, so does Desmond!). Drivers, if you'll be going near a railway station, please mention that.
Parking arrangements will depend on number of cars, so please mention if you're driving.
There will be salad, there will be bread. There will be tomato ketchup (cue the traditional jokes about sell-by dates).
There will be a barbie (initially surrounded by the usual suspects showing off their leet skills with petrol, singed eyebrows, third degree burns, etc).
You will be bringing your own choice of protein, roadkill, spamburger or worse, for your own consumption. Likewise beverage.
There may be limited wifi, though this is not certain. In extremis, geeks may be required to indulge in conversation, though other forms of light entertainment, e.g. pouring beer into keyboards, may be acceptable (if sanctioned by the keyboard's owner).
There will be a 3m square marquee (that's metres, not miles), but in case of rain that won't accommodate many of us. So if the forecast is dodgy (or indeed exceedingly hot), some more cover would be welcome. If you can bring some kind of awning, thanks. I suggest such offers are discussed on-list, so we get enough cover without going OTT. Likewise an extra barbie or two have been useful at past events.
There will be dozens of plastic stacking chairs, but if you fancy more comfortable seating, please bring it.
Anything else I've forgotten???